Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Keepers of the Night

Title: Keepers of the Night
Author: Nikki McCoy
Publisher: Total E-Bound
Publisher URL: www.total-e-bound.com
ISBN/BIN: 978-0-85715-920-5
Genre: {M/M/M} Paranormal Series
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx 

It was during the fight against Mikel, the son of Death, that Malen and Turek met Xilonen, their mate. Before the battle ended, he ran and they’ve been hunting him since. The months of searching are frustrating and just when they’re at their wits ends, a phone call changes everything. 

Xilonen’s life is a mess. He’s had to betray his fellow Keepers and leave his mates behind to keep his younger brother safe. It means he and Shayne have been running for months, but now he needs help. Xilonen needs his mates. If he and Shayne are to survive the plans of their mother, the Goddess of Night, they’ll need a safe place to hide.  

The question is whether the three mates can get past the pain of betrayal and find a way to bond their lives together? Xilonen also must learn how to defend himself against the mental assault threatening to drive him mad. It’s a lot to work through and they have to keep Shayne safe, too. Can they do it? 

Keepers of the Night is the latest release in the Keepers of the Gods series and Xilonen is one of the most intriguing characters to come out of the books so far. It’s obvious he loves his brother and is willing to do anything to protect him. Xilonen’s a difficult guy to get a fix on. His personal history and what lead to his decisions come out slowly and often painfully as the plot progresses. I thought the author did a great job with both his personality and emotions. I could really feel for what he’d gone through and the pain he’s suffered. I also like his little brother and enjoyed his part in the plot and how he relates to Collen.  

Turek and Malen are interesting men…warriors. The development of their personalities is nicely done but it’s their tender care for Xilonen that really made an impression; that and their willingness to believe in him despite his past actions. Yes, there are problems at times but Ms. McCoy balanced it just right…to hear him out and understand…not condemn. There are plenty of other characters, whether Keepers or Gods, villains or friends, and they all play important roles…and none are boring.  

I have no idea who’ll be featured next, but I can’t wait. 

Reader Advisory: This story is best read in sequence as part of a series but can be a stand-alone and contains scenes of light bondage and BDSM and has one scene of dubious consent.

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